November 23, 2010

Video: An optical illusion for public safety

“You’re probably not expecting kids to run out on the road.” Nor, presumably, are you expecting that event to be simulated via large street art. Is this effort helpful, alarming, desensitizing? I don’t know, but it’s certainly interesting.

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Posted by John Nack at 12:22 PM on November 23, 2010

Comments

  • Peter — 1:08 PM on November 23, 2010

    It is a way of conditioning drivers to ignore children playing on the street. And thus they will not stop if there is a real kid in the street.

  • Wayne Michaud — 2:53 PM on November 23, 2010

    I’ll go with authorities who have done traffic studies over someone’s uneducated opinion.

  • Fabien — 4:51 PM on November 23, 2010

    Sounds like a terrible idea to me!
    How many accidents will be caused by drivers desperately trying to avoid hitting these illusions?

  • imajez — 6:37 PM on November 23, 2010

    This is the sort of visual cue that may be useful before an area that may have a lot of kids like a school/play area.
    Cardboard police cars have reduced drivers speed.

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